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    Re: Google Books
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 May 29, 18:27 +0100

    Thanks to Frank, for a really useful account of how to use Google Books.
    
    But I think he underestimates the difficulties facing those of us using a
    dialup line, by a factor of about 10.
    
    He wrote-
    
    " ...there's a button that says "Download" and next
    | to it "PDF - 37.5M". Now that's not a huge download, and most of these old
    | navigation books are in that size range, but on a dial-up line, it will
    | still take a while. Supposing you are getting effective download rates of
    | 40kbps, this download should take a little more than 15 minutes. This
    should
    | *not* be a problem for any but the noisiest dial-up Internet connections.
    "
    
    My own dialup line normally gives a speed of 50.6 kb. However, these are
    kilobaud, or kilobits per second, not kilobytes/sec. To achieve the transfer
    time that Frank quotes, of 37.5 Megabytes in 15 minutes, a rate of 40
    kilobytes per second would be called for. Perhaps such speeds are indeed
    available on US dialup lines, but somehow I doubt it. Certainly not here in
    the UK, though.
    
    To download the file he refers to would take me over 2 hours, not 15
    minutes.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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